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Hopefully someone can answer this here.

How does the difficulty of the academic portion of UPT compare to a competitive college major? For example, how does it compare in difficulty to an engineering major at Berkeley or MIT or Stanford or some other school?

 

Also, most people here are saying that UPT students should enjoy their weekends. Is there not work to study over the weekend?

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1 hour ago, Prof_Chaos said:

Top guy in my Class was a Poly-Sci major. Your college Major means nothing. Pilot math is easy.

@ 0kts 0AGL maybe, if my students are any indication....otherwise there wouldn't be CR/CAP/FEB. I digress. 

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The academics are not that hard, but do require effort.  I've seen engineers not do great because they over-think the shit out of things; of course I've seen many do great.  Most people usually blow off steam Fri night through Sun afternoon, then do some studying for a few hours on Sun.  Or maybe millennials these days just show up on Mon morning asking to be spoon fed everything because there was no time to study on Sunday since skinny jean shopping took longer than expected.

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Or maybe millennials these days just show up on Mon morning asking to be spoon fed everything because there was no time to study on Sunday since skinny jean shopping took longer than expected.


You laugh, but a real life student at CBM pressed to test on this a few years ago. Not even the third ride in T-6s, pre-mission brief:

IP: “So let’s get to what we wanted to work on from the last ride. Did you study up on on the stuff we talked about?”

Stan: “No sir.”

IP: “No? Everything alright at home?”

Stan: “Oh yeah that’s fine, I just got wasted in Memphis all weekend.”

Might still be the record for fastest ground hook. Stunningly the system actually worked, and got this student eventually removed from UPT. Stan is still out is out there somewhere in big blue, no idea where.

It ain’t rocket surgery. Put the study time in, care enough to want to do well, and chairfly. Flying well is a bonus, but even if you aren’t, we can get you there if you’re putting the ground time in.



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3 hours ago, brabus said:

The academics are not that hard, but do require effort.  I've seen engineers not do great because they over-think the shit out of things; of course I've seen many do great.  Most people usually blow off steam Fri night through Sun afternoon, then do some studying for a few hours on Sun.  Or maybe millennials these days just show up on Mon morning asking to be spoon fed everything because there was no time to study on Sunday since skinny jean shopping took longer than expected.

Speaking of skinny jeans, when are us millenials going to get our “skinny jean” style flight suits? 

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2 hours ago, YoungnDumb said:

When you get to T-6's.

Punctuation Nazi sez: inappropriate apostrophe use, remain in AETC one more tour.

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Rote memory is a pilot trainee’s most useful mental skill.  Simple mental arithmetic is helpful. 

The actual tech is high school level.  A gender studies major with a good memory and otherwise not an idiot will do just fine in training.

 

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3 hours ago, Hacker said:

Punctuation Nazi sez: inappropriate apostrophe use, remain in AETC one more tour.

Does B-Course in AETC count?

 

52 minutes ago, JimNtexas said:

A gender studies major with a good memory and otherwise not an idiot will do just fine in

You're not wrong.

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Any idea how much VR sim flying on the side can help out? Anyone have experience doing so and think it helps? I mean I doubt it could hurt very much. At Laughlin we were just briefed on Pilot Training Next which is a crash course training program that utilizes tons of VR training to help pilots progress faster, and we were told the results have been above average so far. My roommates and I have XPlane11 and a Vive and have been flying some DA-20 out of Pueblo before heading to IFT, and it's pretty cool lol. There are also really nice models of T-6's, not sure about 38's or 1's. 

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